In­stall Kodi on an iOS de­vice (with­out jail­break­ing)

If you want to in­stall the Kodi me­dia player app on your iPhone or iPad, but don’t fancy jail­break­ing, David Price ex­plains how

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Con­trary to pop­u­lar be­lief, you can use Kodi to play video on an iPad or iPhone – just not of­fi­cially, since the soft­ware isn’t avail­able on the App Store. In­stead, the most com­mon ap­proach is to down­load it from the Cy­dia soft­ware store, but this strat­egy only works on de­vices that are jail­bro­ken. While it’s prob­a­bly sim­pler to go down the jail­break­ing route, there is a way to in­stall the Kodi app on your iOS de­vice with­out a jail­break – and here’s how to do it.

What is Kodi?

Kodi used to be called XBMC, which might be what’s caus­ing the con­fu­sion. It’s a ver­sa­tile and ex­tremely pop­u­lar piece of me­dia-player soft­ware, and is of­ten used to play in­ter­net video (or down­loaded me­dia files in va­ri­ety of for­mats) on a big-screen TV. The big­gest draw is the vast num­ber of add-ons avail­able, of­fer­ing ex­tended func­tion­al­ity like the abil­ity to watch movies or live tele­vi­sion.

In­stall Kodi us­ing Cy­dia Im­pactor

The sim­plest way to in­stall Kodi on your iPhone or iPad with­out jail­break­ing is to use Cy­dia Im­pactor, a pop­u­lar app avail­able for macOS and Win­dows that al­lows iOS users to in­stall non-App Store apps on their iOS de­vices. You’ll need to down­load Cy­dia Im­pactor (tinyurl.com/ybL3pevu) and the most re­cent Kodi .IPA file (tinyurl.com/yb92Lqke).

(Kodi doesn’t host this file on its site, so you’ll need to get it from a third-party down­load site. The link above works at time of writ­ing, but they tend to dis­ap­pear from time to time; if it’s dis­ap­peared, Google for ‘kodi ipa file down­load’ and you should find what you need.)

It’s also worth not­ing that the cur­rent build of Kodi isn’t a 64-bit app and there­fore isn’t sup­ported in iOS 11, so this is for iOS 10 and ear­lier users.

Step 1: Con­nect your iPhone or iPad to your PC or Mac. If iTunes opens au­to­mat­i­cally when you plug in your iOS de­vice, make sure you close it be­fore you go any fur­ther.

Step 2: Open Cy­dia Im­pactor and drag-and-drop the Kodi IPA file you down­loaded ear­lier on to the app.

Step 3: Make sure your iOS de­vice is se­lected in the drop-down menu, and click Start.

Step 4: Cy­dia Im­pactor will ask for an Ap­ple ID lo­gin. It’s ver­i­fied with Ap­ple, and is only used to sign the IPA file, but you can use an al­ter­na­tive Ap­ple ID if pri­vacy is a con­cern.

Step 5: Once the app has been in­stalled, head to Set­tings > Gen­eral > Pro­files & De­vice Man­age­ment (this may vary slightly de­pend­ing on your ver­sion of iOS), find the pro­file with your Ap­ple ID and open it.

Step 6: Tap the Trust but­ton to ‘trust’ the new Kodi app on your iPhone or iPad.

Step 7: Open the app and en­joy the many ben­e­fits avail­able to users of Kodi.

If, for what­ever rea­son, you can’t fol­low the above in­struc­tions, carry on read­ing to find out how to in­stall Kodi on your iPhone or iPad us­ing Xcode, a free app avail­able for macOS users.

In­stall Kodi us­ing Xcode

Be­fore we start, you’ll need to down­load three things – they’re all free (al­though you may like to make a do­na­tion of some kind to DanTheMan827 when you down­load the App Signer), but one of them could take a lit­tle while, so sort this first of all.

You need the Kodi deb file: down­load it from tinyurl.com/kq8pru7. We used ver­sion 15.2.1 in our walk­through, but ver­sion 17.1 is now avail­able – thank­fully, the method doesn’t change with dif­fer­ent ver­sions. You also need iOS App Signer (tinyurl.com/z3gf7wq) – click ‘Down­load v1.9’, then un­zip the file. (You may see an ad­vert un­der­neath for a dif­fer­ent down­load but if you hover over the link you’ll see it’s for some­thing else.) Fi­nally, you need to in­stall Xcode 8 from the Mac App Store if you haven’t got it al­ready – free from tinyurl.com/yboued83.

Once you’ve got the first one saved to your desk­top, and the oth­ers in­stalled on your Mac, we can be­gin. Step 1: Plug your iPad or iPhone into your Mac and open Xcode.

Step 2: Select ‘Cre­ate a new Xcode project’. Make sure Ap­pli­ca­tion is high­lighted in the iOS sec­tion on the left, and then click on Sin­gle View Ap­pli­ca­tion. Hit Next.

Step 3: In the next di­a­log box you need to iden­tify the ap­pli­ca­tion you’re cre­at­ing. Fill in Prod­uct Name (we’d sug­gest Kodi) and Or­ga­ni­za­tion Iden­ti­fier (which should be some­thing unique – I went with com.DavidPrice). The other fields should be filled in al­ready, and you can leave the op­tions as they are. You could choose to make the app specif­i­cally iPad or iPhone at this point but we might as well leave it as Uni­ver­sal. Hit Next. Step 4: On the next box, choose a lo­ca­tion for your Git Repos­i­tory. We saved it on the desk­top. Click Cre­ate.

Step 5: Don’t al­low Xcode to ac­cess your con­tacts. Or do, if you want. We said no, but we don’t think it makes a dif­fer­ence. Step 6: In the mid­dle of the Xcode screen you’ll see an er­ror mes­sage: ‘No code sign­ing iden­ti­ties found’. Click Fix Is­sue un­der­neath this mes­sage, then Add… on the next di­a­log box. En­ter your Ap­ple ID and sign in. Step 7: Go back to the main screen and you’ll see a mes­sage: “To fix this is­sue, select a De­vel­op­ment Team

to use for pro­vi­sion­ing”. There should only be one ‘De­vel­op­ment Team’ to choose from, so go ahead and click Choose. Xcode will say it’s re­solv­ing the is­sues, and after a short wait ev­ery­thing should be fixed.

Sign­ing Cer­tifi­cate should be filled in al­ready (this should con­tain your Ap­ple ID); for Pro­vi­sion­ing Pro­file, select the pro­file with the iden­ti­fier we set in Step 3. New Ap­pli­ca­tion ID will be filled in, but we added Kodi as an App Dis­play Name (this is what will ap­pear on your Home screen). Click Start.

Step 9: Choose a file name for the Save As field – again, you can just go with the sug­ges­tion, pro­vided you’ll be able to re­mem­ber it – and a lo­ca­tion. Click Save. App Signer will un­pack the data and save the file; it’ll say Done (at the bot­tom of the tab – you don’t get a sep­a­rate mes­sage) when it’s fin­ished.

Step 8: Open App Signer – just dou­ble-click the icon that you saved to your desk­top when you un­zipped the down­load. Where it says In­put File, you want the Kodi deb file we down­loaded ear­lier: click Browse, find the file on your desk­top (or wher­ever else you saved it) and click Open.

Step 10: We’re nearly there. Go back into Xcode and select Win­dow > De­vices. Click on your iOS de­vice in the left-hand pane. At the bot­tom of the right-hand pane con­tain­ing your iPhone or iPad’s de­tails – you may have to scroll down to see it – is a small plus sign. Click this. (There’s a plus sign at the bot­tom of the left-hand pane too, and this is more eas­ily vis­i­ble. But you want the one on the right.)

Find and select the .ipa file that iOS App Signer gen­er­ated in Step 9, and click Open. After a short pause while it in­stalls the app you’ll see the Kodi app listed un­der In­stalled Apps. Step 11: Un­plug your iOS de­vice and un­lock it. You’ll see the Kodi icon in the first avail­able space on your

de­vice. De­pend­ing on your set­tings, there’s a good chance that you’ll get an ‘Un­trusted De­vel­oper’ er­ror mes­sage when you first tap the icon, and you’ll only be able to tap Can­cel. Tap Can­cel (or just don’t try to start the app yet), and in­stead go to Set­tings > Gen­eral, and scroll down to, and tap, De­vice Man­age­ment. Un­der DE­VEL­OPER APP, tap on the ac­count you used ear­lier in the process, then on the next screen, tap Trust ‘[name of ac­count]’. Then tap Trust again. Step 12: That’s it. Go back to the your Home screen and tap the icon to run the app.

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